When a CAD model is almost ready for production, Onshape offers a set of Release Management features that make reviewing before manufacturing easier and more efficient.  

Today's Tech Tip will show you tips and tricks you can use when reviewing a Release Candidate in Onshape.

How to Access a Release Candidate

If you have an Onshape Professional or Enterprise account, there are multiple ways to view a Release Candidate.

By using the link in the Onshape notification:

finding a release candidate through a notification

By using the link in the email:

finding a release candidate through an email

Or, by clicking the Versions and History icon, selecting “Release” from the context menu, and then finally highlighting the name of the release:

checking a status for a release candidate

A Release Candidate that is submitted for review and approval is marked as “Pending” in the Versions and History flyout's context sub-menu.  The state of any unreleased objects in the Release Candidate will also be “Pending”.

Whatever option you choose, you will be presented with the same Release Candidate dialog. Here is an example below.

reviewing a release candidate

Reviewing Release Candidates

During the release workflow of a Release Candidate, it’s crucial to conduct a thorough review that involves several steps. 

First, verify that all the information presented in the dialog is accurate. Second, check the "Revision label" to ensure that the appropriate version of the object is listed while keeping in mind that it's not possible to use skipped revision labels.

Furthermore, it’s essential to review the model, drawing, or other object type by clicking on its name, which is a link that opens the relevant Onshape tab in another browser tab. Use the properties icon to access the properties view for the object and make any necessary changes. 

Finally, it's important to utilize the appropriate button to either Approve (Release) or Reject an entire release. Approving the release marks the objects as released. Rejecting it updates the status of the Release Candidate to "Rejected." Additionally, discarding the Revision removes the release and reverts it back to a normal Onshape version, which is only an option available to the creator of the Release Candidate.

Using the 2D Comparison Tool

You may already be familiar with Onshape's 3D comparison tool, which allows you to compare versions, micro-versions, or releases across one or multiple branches. However, you may not be aware that Onshape also offers a 2D comparison tool.

There is only one prerequisite to use this tool: You need to open a Release Candidate that has more than one revision. In such a case, a compare button will appear on the dialog's right side.

However, you can only compare with the previous revision. For instance, if I review Release F, I can only compare it with revision E, as shown in the example below.

Comparing versions in a release candidate

To quickly understand the differences between the two parts, you can activate the option “Only show differences” so that colors will appear on the model to highlight the differences.

differences between release candidates

This Tech Tip helped you learn how to better access and review your Release Candidates. For more on Release Management, check out these related Tech Tips:

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